If you want to give SUP a try but aren’t ready to invest in a board yet, do as I did. Rent…
Wailea Beach and most of the beaches near resorts have rentals available from beach boys by hour or day. You can google SUP and a ton of options come up for rentals or lessons. Or head to yelp (I’m a very enthusiastic yelper…) where you can search by location and SUP. You can also read the often entertaining (bonus!) reviews.
If you’ve got a truck, van or racks you could rent from Hawaiian Island Surf & Sport Store, located across from Kmart, a few minutes from the airport. Great service, knowledgable and it’s evident they sincerely want you have the best experience possible. We rented and eventually bought our boards from them. Caveat…. these boards are huge (8 to 10 ft) and heavy, you will need to be prepared to tie and secure them before you hit the road. The winds are killa on Maui, especially on the highways to and thru Kihei. Even furniture can fly out of the back of a truck (but I digress).
Wow, that picture kinda sucks huh, please bear with me as I’m camera challenged.